Ultramarathoners Holtman, Wong go round and round in N.Y.

October 08, 1991|By Michael Reeb

The intersection of the Van Wyck and Long Island expressways at Flushing Meadows Park in New York became a more familiar sight to Baltimore ultramarathoners Ronnie Wong and Bruce Holtman the past 2 1/2 weeks than it is to New York City commuters.

Wong and Holtman finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Sri Chinmoy 1,300-Mile Race, which concluded at noon Friday. The one-mile circuit took the runners under the intersection two times during each loop.

"There's five ramps over your head," said Wong, who completed 1,215 miles during the 18-day race. "There's so much noise, you can't sleep in your tent."

Not that either was doing much sleeping. Wong and Holtman were without benefit of a support team, a luxury afforded to winners Al Howie and Sandy Barwick.

"You really need a support team," said Holtman, who completed 1,165 miles. "It's too hard when you're by yourself. You've got to run in and get your food; you've got to run in and change your clothes. A support team gives you an extra 10 miles a day."

Wong shared that thought.

"We need a handler," said Wong, the defending champion who increased his mileage by 38 miles this year. "That's very important -- to get your coffee, to change your shoes."

In addition to having handlers, Barwick, the first woman to finish the world's longest certified footrace, and Howie also had the advantage of having more training miles than Wong and Holtman.

Wong: "We only train 40 to 50 miles a week. The winning woman trains 200 miles a week."

The 1,300-Mile Race obviously is not a race for the weak of heart.

Howie, 46, got to the 18-day race by running 7,000 kilometers across Canada in 72 days. And then he set a world record with his finish of 16 days, 19 hours in the Sri Chinmoy.

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NOTES: Mark Rosasco and Joy Glass won their divisions of the Baltimore Road Runners Club's 15-mile championship Sunday at Ashland. There were 77 finishers. . . . The Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Women's Distance Festival 5K Sunday in Belcamp concluded the Potomac Valley Grand Prix Series, a three-month celebration of women's distance running. Susan Cain of Bethesda, who was in third place in the series going into RASAC's race, improved her standing with a second-place finish in the Harford County race.

Area finishers in Saturday's Great Allegany Run 15K at Cumberland -- Anthony Grier, 41, 48:23; Jesse Henighan, 46, 1:01:30; Chet Coates, 51, 1:02:56. . . . Steve Egolf, 28, and Patricia Keeney-Ryan won their divisions of Sunday's Glen Burnie and B & A Trail 10K. There were 440 finishers, 3 more than the previous year. . . . Area finishers in Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon -- Stavey Nicholson, 2:48:54; Brev Moore, 3:23; Karen Zanni,3:43; Evan Thomas, 3:59; Kenneth Lundeen, 4:17; Ed Benham, 4:17; Ernie Silversmith, 4:42. . . . Glen Arm's Bailey St. Clair, 52, finished the Portland (Ore.) Marathon, his 63rd marathon, in 3:13:15. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SUNDAY

- BRRC 15-Mile Championship Males: 1. Mark Rosasco, 32, 1:22:45; 2. Robert Yara, 36, 1:24:01; William Desmond, 40, 1:24:22; 4. Matt Tobin, 31, 1:29:44; 5. Andy Passmore, 30, 1:29:44; 6. Dave Lowe, 44, 1:30:36; 7. Javier Castelliano, 24, 1:31:00; 8. Bob McCubbin, 31, 1:31:45; 9. Earl Swartzendruber, 40, 1:32:37; 10. Bill Peeling, 35, 1:32:58. Masters: 1. Desmond.

Females: 1. Joy Glass, 37, 1:41:24; 2. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 44, 1:55:30; 3. Christy St. Clair, 42, 2:01:18; 4. Jane Tumpsen, 44, 2:05:57; 5. Ruth McDonald, 44, 2:10:15; 6. Arlene Ford, 52, 2:15:55; 7. Grace Cunningham, 44, 2:17:42; 8. Kathy Lemmon, 41, 2:17:43. Masters: 1. Zuckerman.

3# RASAC Women's Distance Festival 1. Maria Eisemann, Laurel, 18:16; 2. Susan Cain, 18:22; 3. Margaret Cooper, 18:55; 4. Mary Bondyra, 19:11; 5. Joyce Adams, 19:18; 6. Donna Lewis, 20:22; 7. Erin Gorely, 20:44; 8. Lucy Howard, 20:53; 9. Irene Ambrogi, 21:05; 10. Lani Williams, 21:36; 11. Debra Kocay, 21:55; 12. Sue Glover, 22:18; 13. Janet Newbergh, 22:21; 14. Betty Lou Tucker, 22:29; 15. Karen Harvey, 23:05.

3# Glen Burnie and B & A Trail 10K Males: 1. Steve Egolf, 28, 32:37; 2. Todd Lyman, 20, 32:51; 3. Earl Young, 20, 32:53; 4. David Hoinville, 27, 33:25; 5. Maurice Pointer, 36, 33:55; 6. Paul Keating, 31, 34:04; 7. Clayton Deel, 33, 34:14; 8. Clyde Villemez, 45, 34:49; 9. Antonio Jordon, 25, 34:57; 10. Mark Pamario, 31, 35:32. Masters: 1. Villemez.

Females: 1. Patricia Keeney-Ryan, 30, 38:19; 2. Minda Whiteman, 33, 38:54; 3. Maggie Lasaga, 26, 39:36; 4. Lori Miller, 25, 39:56; 5. Debra Nielsen, 33, 40:36; 6. Cassandra Pickering, 22, 40:42; 7. Julia Pfaffinger, 29, 40:43; 8. June E. Schneider, 44, 43:48; 9. Janet Rankin, 35, 44:10; 10. Roberta Streeter, 30, 44:52. Masters: 1. Schneider.

SATURDAY

* Great Allegany Run 15K Males: 1. Chris Fox, 43:46 (record); 2. Kevin Ruch, 44:17; 3. Tom Stevens, 44:57.

Females: 1. Ruth Reimenschneider, 54:44; 2. Susan Cain, 55:25; 3. Shelly Ralston, 58:00.

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